These days, it takes quite a bit to stand out among all of the comic book movies constantly hitting theaters. Between DC and Marvel films, superhero fatigue has become increasingly rampant.

 

Warner Bros. seems keenly aware of this rampancy; while developing their own cinematic universe, they decided to make “Suicide Squad,” a film about super villains conscripted by the government to perform suicide missions, rewarded with reduced prison sentences for their survival.

 

A recently released photo of the cast shows that the film definitely has a unique style, and some of the characters work considerably better than others.

 

THE GOOD

Let’s start with the good. The biggest standout from the recently released picture comes in the form of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s demeanor perfectly captures both the juvenile and seductive nature of the character. Her outfit perfectly balances sexy with functional and generally keeps many of her classic elements — see: pigtails, red and black color scheme, white skin. Bruce Timm, responsible for creating Harley, voiced his approval for the design in a recent interview as well.

 

Will Smith in costume for Deadshot rolle in "Suicide Squad"

Will Smith takes to the movie screen again as comic book character Deadshot. (moviepilot.com)

Also looking stellar is Will Smith as the assassin Deadshot. A picture released separately from the full cast photo shows him in a very traditional costume, replete with white mask, cybernetic eye, and weapons — so many weapons. Like Harley, he retains a red and black color palette. The decision to make Deadshot African-American should also be noted, for it provides the cast with diversity missing from other comic book franchises, like “X-Men.”

 

Another character who looks great is Killer-Croc A.K.A Waylon Jones, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The character often looks like an actual crocodile in the comics, but here they have opted for a version possessing more of a skin condition than an animalistic mutation. The restraint seems to have paid off. Audiences will likely identify more with a monstrous man than an actual monster.

 

THE MEH

Not much can be said about the “Meh” category. Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Slipknot (Adam Beach) all look very bland — like average mercenaries the others would fight — and have very little to distinguish their characters. Slipknot has one rope at his waist to slightly hint at his talent, and Boomerang literally has no boomerangs. One has to wonder if Tom Hardy would have been the better choice to lead the team as Rick Flagg, if he had not dropped out of the project.

 

Not enough is really seen of Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) to make a real assessment of her costume. Mainstream audiences need to learn more about her character because what we have shows us very little of what she is in the comics: a woman with magical abilities. Right now, she could easily pass for Batman villain Poison-Ivy.

 

Finally, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) wears a costume closely resembles what she wears in the comics. However, since the most recent season of “Arrow” used Katana — in an equally faithful costume — her appearance possesses very little “wow” factor.

 

Comic book version of the characters in Suicide Squad

The film “Suicide Squad’ is an adaptation from the comic that began in 1995. (nerdist.com)

THE AWFUL

Only one of these characters looks truly awful. Would it be too much to hope that El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is the expendable member of the team? He brandishes no weapons and provides no insight towards the nature of his character. Compared to the others, he has the appearance of a typical gang banger (with a varsity jacket) and not so much a super villain.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Many of these characters have rich publication histories and rabid fan bases. Adaptation of such properties always presents challenges, but overall the Suicide Squad looks more or less ready to ride into battle.

 

What do you think of the Suicide Squad? Is it a bold move or a mistake for Warner Bros. ? Comment below or tweet @connerws to keep the conversation going!